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Lessons for States From the Midterms

Watch NCSL's Tim Storey and Wendy Underhill along with The Cook Political Report's Senior Editor Jennifer Duffy conduct a post-election breakdown this morning at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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NCSL Commission Studies Idaho’s Mastery-Based Learning Network

“I think my parents are happy with what we’re doing because I actually get what I need,” says a fourth-grade student at Greenhurst Elementary in Nampa, Idaho. “Before, things were too easy for me in math—now that we switch classes to the right level, I’m learning more.” At the mastery-based Greenhurst Elementary, fourth-grade students might be working in fifth-grade math standards and third-grade grade literacy standards.

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New Solar Policy Toolkit Helps Policymakers Navigate Rapidly Changing Solar Landscape

Solar energy has experienced explosive growth in recent years. However, in 2017 solar installations fell on an annual basis for the first time since 2010, marking a transitional year for the market.

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Category: NCSL, Energy
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Women in Politics Making a Difference: Representative Geran Tarr

Alaska Representative Geran Tarr has had a lifelong interest in community activism and social justice. Before becoming a legislator, she was heavily involved in environmental and women’s issues and spent some time working as a legislative aide. But it was only after a conversation about her future with Representative Sharon Cissna that she considered running for office.

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Women Making a Difference in Politics Award: Representative Amy Loudenbeck

Representative Amy Loudenbeck defies common stereotypes of what a legislator should be like—a one-time firefighter, avid reader (“I have about 20 books on my nightstand at any time”), outdoorswoman and hobby goat farmer. But her path to the legislature was not that uncommon.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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NCSL Foundation Board Member Goes Extra Mile Remembering 9/11

As Americans across the country remembered with somber hearts the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, one man ran the extra mile.

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Category: NCSL
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Women In Politics Making a Difference Award: Representative Jeanette Nuñez

These female legislators have made an impressive impact in each of their states and local communities through perseverance, collaboration and, most importantly, pursuing their dreams. The Women’s Legislative Network interviewed all four of our award winners. Check out what makes these women so remarkable!

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Put on Your Learning Cap at the PDS for Research and Legal Staff

Join with fellow research, editorial, library, legal and committee staffers from across the nation for an invaluable professional development opportunity Oct. 4-6 in Harrisburg, Pa.

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California Is Latest State to Change Bail

With the enactment of Senate Bill 10 on Tuesday, California becomes the first state to statutorily eliminate money bail as an available condition of pretrial release.

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State Legislatures Magazine: NCSL’s New Officers

Every year, NCSL welcomes a slate of dedicated new officers. This year, we say hello to our new president, Illinois Senator Toi Hutchinson, and our new staff chair, Jon Heining, with the Texas Legislative Council.

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Category: NCSL, Magazine
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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.